“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”—Genesis 12:1
Think about the implications of the LORD telling Abram to leave his country. To journey with the God, there is a high price. In order for Abram to be in a position to bless all nations, God had to call him away from the familiar. God told him to leave his country and but also his family for the promise of something greater. God was calling Abram from his identity, His security, and familiarity.
“In all of creation, identity is a challenge only for humans. A tulip knows exactly what it is. It is never tempted by false ways of being. Nor does it face complicated decisions in the process of becoming. So it is with dogs, rocks, trees, stars, amoebas, electrons, and all other things. All give glory to God by being exactly what they are. For in being what God means them to be, they are obeying him. Humans, however, encounter a more challenging existence. We think. We consider options. We decide. We act. We doubt. Simple being is tremendously difficult to achieve and fully authentic being is extremely rare.”-“The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self -Discovery( Spriritual Journey) by David G. Benner
It is hard to abandon all that we know to follow God. Especially when our family is involved. Our families are our first support system. If we fall on hard times we expect those closest to us to take us in and provide emotional support. Some of us have struggled with drug/alcohol abuse, periods of homelessness, emotional and mental issues, and even with insecurities that stem from abuse. God knew all of Abram’s background and makeup when He asked him to do what seemed to be the impossible.God was remaking Abram into a new person after His own heart. God also, began His salvation project through the father of our faith.(Romans 4:16) God had not only changed Abram’s name but he made him into a father to many nations. “(Genesis 17:4) Abram’s faith was greatly rewarded with our promised Messiah being born through his lineage. (Genesis 17:5) .
Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.— (Mark 10:28-30)
Many of us have suffered many losses. Some of us have experienced abandonment from our own families. There are others who have been abandoned or abused by trusted leaders of spiritual communities. God reaches for us and asks us to trust Him with outstretched arms to draw us closer to His love. ( Jame 4:8).We are not just called to leave. We are also, called to receive. As in the case of Abraham, we have to believe and leave to receive. God at times calls us to leave our fallen families, value systems, cultures and even our religion. To follow Jesus is to leave and live our lives in obedience. Our blessings depend on our obedience to God and it is on His terms. Our obedience comes with a promise in the age to come: Eternal life. He also promises us a hundredfold right “now in this time.”
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us–(Romans 5:2-5)
God’s love never fails.
God has not abandoned us. We must surrender our perspective and timing to God’s love and grace when the path seems rocky.He is holding us close to Him. We may feel isolated but it is only because His arm is wrapped around us and keeping us from harm. Be assured that when He lets go we will be prepared, healed and walking in the path of victory.